Sunday, February 20, 2011

Make those calling for accountability ACCOUNTABLE FIRST

From The State, a letter from Dawn Davenport asks a valuable question of the State Superintendent of education:

"Superintendant Zais, what if your salary was based on the performance of the districts, schools and students in this state? Would that make sense? No. You couldn’t be held accountable for the performances of such a diverse group. Neither can we."

We must emphasize the flaws in calls for accountability that ignore the professionalism and empowerment of teachers, the overwhelming influence of out-of-school factors on student outcomes, and the complete lack of accountability for those in power.

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